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enamor

[ih-nam-er] /ɪˈnæm ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fill or inflame with love (usually used in the passive and followed by of or sometimes with):
to be enamored of a certain lady; a brilliant woman with whom he became enamored.
2.
to charm or captivate.
Also, especially British, enamour.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English enamouren < Old French enamourer. See en-1, amour
Related forms
enamoredness; especially British, enamouredness, noun
half-enamored, adjective
overenamored, adjective
self-enamored, adjective
unenamored, adjective
Synonyms
2. fascinate, bewitch, enchant, enrapture.
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British Dictionary definitions for enamour

enamour

/ɪnˈæmə/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually passive) and foll by of. to inspire with love; captivate; charm
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enamourer, from amour love, from Latin amor
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Word Origin and History for enamour
v.

chiefly British English form of enamor; for spelling, see -or. Related: Enamoured.

enamor

v.

c.1300, from Old French enamorer "to fall in love with; to inspire love (12c., Modern French enamourer), from en-, causative prefix (see en- (1)), + amour "love," from amare "to love" (see Amy). An equivalent formation to Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese enamorar, Italian innamorare.

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